Q&A: How to Fly in Style

February 19th, 2008

Q:  I’m going to be flying to London to visit my boyfriend.  I’m hoping to wear something comfortable (and warm) yet pulled together since I’ll be going to his flat straight from the airport, and it’ll be the first time we see each other in weeks.  Any suggestions for a travel-enduring outfit?

  Wrinkle free fabrics are going to be your best bet for your straight airport-to-flat rendezvous.  And given the chilly temperatures in London, knits are going to be your friend.  For a style that’s equally comfortable and warm, try a chunky knit sweaterdress over tights and knee-high boots.  Top off the outfit with a 3/4 length or full length wool or cashmere coat (bonus points for bright colors or standout detailing). 

But looking great after a long trip isn’t all about what you’re wearing.  Remember to bring a beauty mask for the plane–it’ll make it infinitely easier to get your beauty rest on the plane.  Lotion can also help to relieve any skin dryness from the exposure to the dry airplane air.

Last to-do?  Before you hop in the cab to his flat, freshen up your hair and makeup in the airport bathroom.  Bon voyage!

Have a great tip about how to fly in style?

  Share it with us in the comments!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kim  |  February 20th, 2008 at 4:47 am

    so where can we buy these items?

  • 2. Trisha  |  February 20th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    We created the outfit using a site called Polyvore. You can find more information about where the items came from here:

    That said, I’m not sure that the items are still in stock.

  • 3. cindy  |  February 20th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Great outfit! Love the colors and how its sleek and put together :)
    However — I’m going to New York and the highs will be 30 deg. I imagine London would be even colder.

    Could a girl pull wearing the knit dress (tights on) without freezing in that temperature range? :)

  • 4. Trisha  |  February 20th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Great point, Cindy. The outfit shown works if you’re only going to be outdoors for a few minutes at a time (possible, if you’re taking a cab straight from the airport to the flat). Should that not be the case, wear a warmth-retaining base layer both on top and bottom. And splurge for the full-length coat!

  • 5. Annie  |  February 20th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    In my opinion from several red eye flights in the past, fly in leggings and flats/slippers, and then throw on the tights and boots in the airport bathroom when you land. You’ll be much less cranky than if you had to fly all that way with control top on, that you wont even notice the freezing temperatures =)

  • 6. Lauren  |  February 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Cute! The boots and coat might be a bit of a pain to take off and put on through security (plus if you have a laptop, taking that out of your bag too!) but if you can handle , go for it!

  • 7. Linda  |  March 1st, 2008 at 5:54 am

    On that long flight – drink lots of water and no alcohol. Get up and walk around at least every hour – if you stay sitting the whole time, your ankles and feet may swell. And obviously throw your toothbrush into your carry on.

  • 8. Caitlin  |  March 11th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I travel a lot for work and I always try to look slightly polished (i.e. no hoodie and sneakers) even if I am flying in the day before- otherwise I get mistaken for a college student! (darn my babyface)
    Here is my go-to oufit: tanktop under a thin tunic-length knit or sweater+ long cardigan/sweatercoat + leggings or black pants (my favorite is a pair of dress pants that is a size too big – the top is hidden under the tunic and they are as comfy as sweats!) + loafers or other slipon shoes + pashmina/big scarf (doubles as a blanket)!

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